Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans, and connects agricultural and soil science to policy, stakeholder needs and sustainable supply-chain management.
Historically, soil assessments focused on crop production, but, today, soil health also includes the role of soil in water quality, climate change and human health.
However, quantifying soil health is still dominated by chemical indicators, despite growing appreciation of the importance of soil biodiversity, owing to limited functional knowledge and lack of effective methods.
This is why we educate, inform, help and more commonly : CONNECT Soil, Farmer, Rosters & Buyers.
Sarah Jo is continuously building a network.
Because ‘Chemical Fertilizer is degenerating our Soils’; Not only do fertilizers destroy the soil, they drain into rivers and contaminate local water supply systems. While moving towards regenerative farming makes sense, for us is a real challenge.
Chemical fertilizers negatively impact the soil food web by killing off entire portions of it. Once the bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoa are gone, other members of the food web disappear as well. Earthworms, lacking food and irritated by the synthetic nitrates in soluble nitrogen fertilizer move out.
Spraying fertilizers not only destroy our soils, it has also destroyed human health through contaminations of rivers and drinkable water and through stimulating lung cancer when farmers breathing though gases.
“These people were putting on space suits to spray the land that they live on and I was thinking, ‘If it’s so toxic for them right here now, what happens when it’s in the soil? What happens when it rains and runs down into the rivers where the community bathes and gets their drinking water?’ There is an environmental responsibility to switch to organic – not just for the farmers, but for their communities.”
The amount of organically grown coffee has increased significantly in recent years. Between 2014 and 2018, the volume of organically certified green coffee saw a year-on-year growth of 30%, amounting to 114,000 tones.